Back when Ronda Rousey was the reigning UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, she started to build a burgoening film career with roles in The Expendables 3, Furious 7 and Entourage. She had also signed on for two additional films; a remake of Road House directed by Nick Cassavetes and Mile 22, an action thriller from Peter Berg in which Rousey would portray a CIA field officer who’s forced to team up with an Indonesian police officer (to be played by The Raid‘s Iko Uwais) to battle political corruption. Things seemed to be going well with the project until Rousey’s shocking loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in 2015. With her fighting and acting career in limbo, Rousey took a year off to recoup, during which Road House was shelved, reportedly due to her falling status as the Baddest Woman on the Planet. She returned to face current champion Amanda Nunes last December in the main event at UFC 207, losing the fight via TKO due to punches at just 48 seconds into the first round. With that, it seemed that both her careers had received their respective final nails in their coffins.
Yesterday, Berg and frequent collaborator Mark Wahlberg revealed at CinemaCon that Mile 22 was still moving forward with Rousey involved. However, the plot seems to have been changed slightly as it now follows a CIA agent (Wahlberg) stationed in Indonesia tasked with transporting a compromised informant (Rousey) from the center of the city to a getaway plane at an airport 22 miles away. In between them and the airport stand corrupt police, criminal overlords and heavily armed locals, all hell-bent on taking them out before they reach their plane. Iko Uwais is not mentioned at all in the new log line, so take that however you want. He is still listed under the IMDb credits however.
During the STX Entertainment presentation at CinemaCon, Berg spoke on his vision for the film, saying:
“Mark and I have made three films now that are pretty heavy, to put it mildly. For us, to do Mile 22 and something that’s fictional, and what we hope to be an intelligent, adult action film that’s got a lot of muscle and intensity…It’s a piece of fiction we’re very excited about it. We’re coming at you with a big ass action movie.”
The three films Berg and Wahlberg have made together thus far are Lone Survivor, Patriot’s Day and Deepwater Horizon; all biopics based on actual people and events. Berg also revealed that he hopes to turn this film into a trilogy, all directed by him and starring Wahlberg.
With Wahlberg taking the front seat on this film, he’s revealed his own hopes for what this potential franchise could become:
“I’ve been able to make a lot of different movies in a lot of different genres, and I still don’t feel like I have the movie role that really kind of defines ‘me.’ When I say me and my body of work, I’m really hoping this is the thing. I’m hoping the first thing you think of when you think Mark Wahlberg is Mile 22.”
It seems as if Wahlberg is looking for that one action franchise to define his career, similar to Sylvester Stallone and Rocky or Rambo, Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Terminator, Bruce Willis and Die Hard, Jason Statham and The Transporter or Vin Diesel with Riddick, Fast & Furious and xXx. Berg has displayed a great command of intense action with films like Lone Survivor, The Kingdom, Hancock and The Rundown and we all know Wahlberg has the chops, likeability and physicality to pull it off, but seeing as he’s pushing 50 he doesn’t have long before such taxing endeavors fall by the wayside.
We’ll bring you more information on this project as it becomes available.